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Kingsford to repair Public Works building

KINGSFORD — Kingsford City Council has accepted a $18,127 bid from MBM Construction of Kingsford to install siding on a the southeast corner of the east wall of the Public Works building.

That side is damaged and has been leaking. The city had $20,000 budgeted for the project.

In other business, the council:

— Has advertised for bids on a 4-wheel-drive, one-ton dump truck, rather than waiting until 2021. Because the city saved money buying a 2009 used truck, it has about $50,000 available for the purchase.

— Learned the winter salt contract with the state went down by $15.18 per ton for early delivery and $17.60 per ton for late delivery compared with last year. The city has 400 tons remaining from last year, said Jeff DeMuri, public works director, so they anticipate a need for 650 tons this year. The cost for salt this year through the MiDeal state purchasing program is $69.36 per ton for early delivery and $63.88 per ton for late delivery.

— Heard from City Manager Anthony Edlebeck that installation of variable frequency drives on the pump systems on wells 6 and 7 near Cowboy Lake will be delayed until at least October.

— Will consider creating a policy to allow the city manager and public works director to bid on used equipment on online auction sites. These auctions often start and are completed between meetings, so the city misses out on equipment they might want to bid on, Edlebeck said.

— Learned Dixon Engineering Inc. of Lake Odessa, Mich., has completed inspection of the interior and exterior painting on the city’s two water tanks and initial reports are they are in good condition. The city will receive a more detailed report in the future.

— Learned the health insurance portion of the city’s Meadowbrook Insurance policy through the Michigan Municipal League will increase 2.96% but other portions will remain the same.

— Heard from Edlebeck the scrap tire grant will continue until December but may be extended into next year.

— Directed public safety to check the corner of Breen and Sterling streets after receiving concerns about safety.

— Approved a request to contact the Civil Service Commission to have them update the city’s two-year eligibility list for entry-level civil service positions.

— Agreed to pay $795 to cover the cost for all council members and department heads at attend the virtual Michigan Municipal League convention Sept. 30 through Oct. 2.

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